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The Origin of Life is one of the great unsolved scientific problems of our age. The purpose of the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life is to advance our understanding of the processes that led to the emergence of life. The collaboration aims to support creative, innovative research on topics including the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution, and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth.
Research by participants in the collaboration address one or more critical questions regarding origins. The collaboration is directed by Dimitar Sasselov and Jack Szostak. They co-chair a Steering Committee, which includes Roger Summons, John Sutherland, George Whitesides and Marian Carlson.
The Simons Foundation has made an initial commitment to this collaboration for eight years, with a possibility for continued support.
Contact for program information: origins(replace this with the @ sign)simonsfoundation.org, program manager.